Early Childhood Development
In this project, we were assigned to observe a preschool aged group and pick out one child to observe. I did my observing at Corner Stone Christian Academy and Preschool and observed a four-year-old name Kayla. She was a new student to that particular class, so I decided to see how she would react to a new environment. I will be discussing the motor skills, communication, and social interaction of Kayla. I will also briefly discuss the topic of the education that was being taught at the school I visited.
The motor skills of the student I observed were beyond my expectations. In the morning, the students enjoyed a breakfast of waffles and maple syrup, applesauce, and donuts. The students were all able to eat the donuts without getting frosting all over their mouth. And the waffles were dipped into the syrup with ease. There were some problems with the correct use of a spoon, but not enough that the applesauce would get all over the children.
The students did many songs and dances once in the class that helped with memorization and motor skills. Their first song and dance was about cooperating. I thought that this was a good way for the children to learn about sharing. The children need to learn about it because at their age, they tend to just want, want, want. They don’t realize the aspects of sharing and why you should do it. The next song that they sung was about “Marching in the Lord’s Army.” This school is a Christian school, so they wanted to teach the proper ideals of Christianity to the children. After that followed “If You’re Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands.” This of course teaches motor skills, eye hand coordination, and memorization and recall.
The students also did some handwriting before I left. Kayla, even for being a new student, had particularly good handwriting. The class was working on the letter ‘U’ that day. I noticed some of them started the letter from the right side instead of the left. The teacher was unable to notice that as they were walking around.
Communication was another topic area that was focused on. Kayla did show signs of good communication skills. I didn’t get to witness them first hand, because she was too shy to talk to me. She talked quite frequently to other classmates. There was even confusion which she solved about her name. There was another student in the class named McKayla, and one of her friends had gotten the two names mixed up. She was calling McKayla, Kayla. Kayla was very polite in correcting her saying, “No, I’m Kayla, she’s McKayla.” The other student didn’t seem to understand, so Kayla had to repeat herself many times.
The way that the children interacted with the adults was interesting as well. The children were able to talk with them as if they were on the same level as the adults were. They talked with them as if they were friends instead of teachers, which I thought was very impressive. Usually, the...